Photos of 81-year-old Bill Cosby walking out of the courtroom in handcuffs are all over the Internet. Cosby, the disgraced actor convicted of 3 counts of sexual assault, will now spend the next 3-10 years in prison. Most people believe he got what he deserved. Others say the sentence was too lenient. Remember, each count could have been punishable by 10 years.
While dozens of women came forward accusing Cosby of sexual assault, it was the testimony of one woman who sealed his fate. It was Andrea Constand who 14 years ago came forward and accused Cosby of drugging her and then assaulting her. It took more than a decade, two trials and dozens of accusers to seal his fate.
“The Cosby jury verdict is being heralded as a great milestone in justice for women accusers … but the problem is that the judge in the case rigged the trial to ensure that Cosby would be convicted,” Davis said. “Hundreds of times during the Jim Crow era, judges rigged trials in rape cases so that they could be hanged even though they were innocent.”
“The trial was a terrific example of the travesty of justice in the American courtroom for sex assault trials,” said Paul Saputo of the Dallas-based Saputo Law Firm. “As has happened throughout American history, popular culture weighs heavily on criminal justice and I obviously don’t know whether or not Cosby is guilty of what he’s accused of, but when the justice system sacrifices fairness in procedure to tilt the scales, we have a major problem.”
In this case, popular culture won the day, but is that justice? Should the justice system be influenced by the prevailing winds of social pressure? Did that happen in this case? You decide.